Monday, August 6, 2012

Crossing the Tracks Book Tour

Crossing the Tracks: Hope for the Hopeless and Help for the Poor in Rural Mississippi and Your Community  -     
        By: Dolphus Weary
Summary: When an out-of-state college offered Weary a basketball scholarship, he jumped at the chance. But when he left bigoted Mendenhall, Mississippi, he discovered he couldn't out run racism. This powerful story of his return to his hometown shows how God can heal a place where the railroad tracks divide economic classes---and the church.

My Review:  The story of Dolphus Weary growing up in Mississippi displays how racism and bigotry can leave a devastating outlook on a African American child.  Dolphus swore to never return to Mississippi once he got out. He could not endear the racial discord that seem to a youth to be the way of life for an African American in Mississippi.  

During his senior year, Dolphus was invited to ride to California, and that became his ticket out of California.  He would never look back.

Dolphus did return back. He returned back after becoming a Christian man and listening to the voice of God.  He returned to face the racism and bigotry that was still embedded in his mind.  This time his veiw points were different  He fought to provide a perspective to others 
that challenge people to discover racial reconciliation. He believed that 
was the way to defeat racism and bigotry.
What I took from this novel was Dolphus faith and his obiedence to God.  Those to elements was the  Key to his success.  This easy and small read will help others to rethink their feelings about racism and bigotry.  As I always mention,  I applaud the person that chooses to open their lives to strangers to read and judge.  I applaud anyone that have a testimony and allows us to mediate on your years of life experiences in hopes that others may rethink, acknowledge, take action or commit to a positive change within ourselves. 
 I thank you Mr. Dolphus Weary. 

  Dolphus Weary (D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary) became one of the first black students ever to graduate from the all-white Los Angeles Baptist College. In 1971, he received a Masters of Religious Education Degree from Los Angeles Baptist Seminary and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He returned to Mississippi to work with Mendenhall Ministries, devoting his time to developing his impoverished Christian community. His autobiography I Ain't Comin' Back details these early years. Now an ordained minister, Dr. Weary serves part time as the president of R.E.A.L. Christian Foundation and part time as the major fundraiser for Mission Mississippi. He and his wife, Rosie, live in Jackson. 

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  1. Almost reminds me of the story of Moses. It seems this one is based on true events or is a non-fiction book. I'm usually not into non-fiction, but this story sounds interesting.

    1. It was a good read. Interesting outlook on how someone who could of grew up with Hatred due to personal or witnessing the injustice on school matters, employment, housing and even in churches take a different perspective regarding racism and bigotry.